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Chinese New Year celebrated with style!

9 Feb

This Sunday is the first day of the lunar New Year, making it the Chinese New Year.

Festivities around the city are set to be a colourful celebration, welcoming the 'Year of the Snake'.

If you haven't joined in Chinese New Year celebrations before, then you might want to make 2013 your year to be amongst it!

The Chung Wah Association together with the support of The City of Perth have organised the Chinese New Year Fair which will kick off from 11am in Northbridge.

James Street is set to come alive with lion dance performances, cultural demonstrations, food and market stalls. Festivities will continue on throughout the evening and the Piazza will host the 2013 Perth Chinese New Year Multicultural Concert.

Sunday is set to sizzle in Perth, so a late venture to the city could be on my agenda with a casual bite to eat at one of the many great restaurants.

If fine dining is the way you choose to see in your Chinese New Year celebrations then check out the fabulous menu on offer at Yu restaurant, located within the Crown Complex.

Under the guidance of Chef de Cuisine Pat Cheong, Yú’s signature dishes feature traditional favourites with a contemporary twist!

Reservations are recommended so make your booking and head in for a taste of something special!

I have found much inspiration from around the city for the Chinese New Year and found some fabulous home wares and Chinese tea at Chapels in Maylands. This beautiful store imports some authentic as well as replica pieces from China and always have something unique for the home.

I also came across some floral arrangements at Flowers in the Garden in Booragoon which would be a beautiful gift for anyone to celebrate the New Year!

Rosendorff in Perth have also prepared a stunning piece of jewellery to signify the Year of the Snake….. If you love Ruby's and diamonds you will love this! Stay tuned to see this 'must have' pendant!

Happy New Year & enjoy your celebrations!

 

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Paspaley Polo in Perth City – Perfection!

9 Dec

The Sun Herald has marked Paspaley Polo in the City as the “Official kick-off to the summer party season”.…… and that it is!

This event moves between Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and delivers an afternoon of sophisticated summer style!

Here in Perth, the event has been blessed with gorgeous blue skies for the last few years running, providing the most stunning backdrop against a marquee lined Langley Park.

With sponsors such as Paspaley, Coopers, Land Rover, Veuve Clicquot and Guinot guests were treated to an afternoon of fine wines, food, entertainment and other goodies depending on which marquee they were in.

With something for everyone, hospitality comes in the way of Private Corporate marquees, picnic marquees, The Paspaley marquee (by invitation) as well as individual entry to The Coopers bar. Guests are offered entertainment, the chance to meet the players, pamper sessions and the chance to go in the draw to win some fabulous prizes…. including a stunning Paspaley necklace.

The event seemingly runs without fault and the atmosphere is chilled thanks to a relatively small maximum number.

The rules of the game are easy to follow which makes it exciting for new-comers. Basically there are four players to a side and the aim of the game is to score the most goals within the period of play. The game lasts for a duration of 6 chukka's, each lasting 7 minutes – so the game is fast paced and very skillful!

The thing I love the most about The Polo in the City is that it has a huge eliment of fun!

At half time spectators are invited to 'stomp the divots' which involves the crowd coming onto the field to tread in the tufts of grass that have been kicked up by the horses during the game. If you've ever seen the movie Pretty Woman you may recall the iconic scene where Julia Roberts participated in 'stomping in the divots' … The scene came into my head instantly as the Roy Orbison classic song 'Pretty Woman' played on the giant speakers at Langley Park.

Spectators are also invited to participate in a dash across the field to win a prize which is always a fun sight to see! Although participation in the dash accross the field can be outfit dependant!

This event always seems to draw a super stylish crowd where both men and women go to effort to put together some impressive polo-going outfits. This year, I was particularly loving men's detail in terms of hats, cuffed pants, and cuff-links. Women looked stunning with delicate fabrics in ivories, flowing summer dresses in bold print and many traded the traditional hat for a parasol.

Fashions on the field saw one lucky man and woman walk away with some fantastic prizes and it was outfits of colour that seemed to work for the judges in 2012.

Fashions on the field judging
Trackside fashion

Presentations followed the match and a magnum of Veuve Clicquot marked celebrations for the winning team.

Post match pics

What a fabulous way to spend an afternoon in the Perth sunshine!

Keep up to date with all the Polo in the City news on Facebook or find out more about hospitality packages and dates for the 2013 Paspaley Polo in the City at; http://polointhecity.com/

Harry & Gretel @ STM Bistro Felix

7 Dec

STM Front Row @ Bistro Felix is an ongoing collaboration between STM, Bistro Felix Wine Bar and WA’s finest retail outlets. Held on the first Thursday of every month, each edition provides fashion loving friends to get their taste of the hottest looks.

Thursday just gone, I was excited to be heading to Bistro Felix in Subiaco for a night of fashions from local retailer (and a favourite of mine), Harry & Gretel.

With consideration of the 6.30pm start time together with knowledge that the Subi Street Festival was also planned for the area, I left early to ensure I didn't miss a minute of the evening.

Surprisingly, we cruised across the city and won a car bay, not far from the action on Rokeby Road.

After taking in some of the sights and sounds of the Subi Sreet Festival, we headed to Bistro Felix where we were greeted with a glass of Veuve Clicquot and shown to our table. It felt like Christmas with gifts at each place setting – a beautiful Ecoya candle courtesy of Harry & Gretel!


As the parade kicked off, we enjoyed our entree of vegetable terrine and made a note of garments to add to “wish lists” ahead of Christmas.

Chadwick models looked angelic with butterflies in their hair as they strutted gorgeous garments past each table. Labels such as Alice McAll, Poppy Lissiman, Wildfox, House of Harlow and Shakuhachi were on display which I'm sure made guests scramble to find a pen to add items to their list.

The atmosphere within Bistro Felix seemed as if the party from the street had flowed through the doors and resonated among the guests. Tables full of friends and acquaintances celebrated the festivities and enjoyed their mains whilst taking in the second half of the parade.

Slightly edgier, this next parade showed off a fun collection of summer dresses and party attire. As usual, I loved many of the outfits put together and it was interesting to hear Heidi from Harry & Gretel who spoke about her passion for creating an entire look for customer and also the journey that the store has taken since opening.

Heidi told the story of how the store (now Harry & Gretel) once sold only kitchen wares. With a change of hands, Harry & Gretel then incorporated homewares and a small rack of garments which proved a hit with customers. Heidi and Wendy then saw the need to stock a larger range of garments to meet demand as well as accessories and giftware. This is where the Harry & Gretel, as we know it today began and people now head to Leederville certain that they will find something they love at this gorgeous shop.

With succession, Harry & Gretel opened 'Harry Next Door' which stocks homewares and gift lines.

So with the story being told, I was now anticipating a future visit to the store even more to check out all the latest for Summer. But the evening wasn't over- the second half of the parade was as divine as the dessert that we were served. A cute lemon tart with vanilla cream, berry coulis and a touch of gold paint made this sweet dish a winner.

Alexa Coetsee from STM did a beautiful job at hosting the event and she informed us that the next edition of STM Front Row at Bistro Felix is set for February! Don't miss that one as it is definitely a fun filled night of fashion…. and a great excuse to grab your friends for a dinner date!

Keep your eyes on STM Facebook page for upcoming events such as this or head to http://www.bistrofelix.com.au/ for reservations.

Colour your world with a visit to Linneys

1 Sep

The first day of Spring saw Linneys ablaze with colour as it unveiled its latest botanical-inspired collection.
The exhibition was opened in style and guests where treated to a morning full of colourful blooms and exquisite jewellery pieces to admire.

Alan Linney, who has a love for gardening and seasonal blooms, has designed a collection of seven custom jewellery pieces which were used as inspiration for the floral creations.
Some of WA’s leading florists were assigned to each of the seven pieces and their floral interpretations were truly stunning!!

A few of my favourite florists contributed to the exhibition, Devine Flowers, Funky Bunches and Flowers in Bloom and…… (actually they are all amazing!!) and guests attending the exhibition were asked to vote to determine the ‘People’s Choice’ in floral design. Deciding my favourite was difficult and the final votes are tallied toward the end of the exhibition.

The exhibition is open to the public from September 3-8 at 37 Rockeby Road, Subiaco and is a must see for all of you that love flowers and fine jewellery!!!!

So on the first day of Spring, I was in heaven with the morning spent in Linneys and surrounded by blooms as far as the eye could see………….what more could a girl ask for!!
(ok chocolates and champagne usually get a mention but who needs them when you have Linneys jewellery and flowers!)

To experience the full beauty of these images, plan your visit to Linneys for this amazing exhibit.

Mandurah’s hosts a sell out Tea Party for the BCNA

27 Aug
Mandurah put on spectacular weather yesterday for the second annual MOM’s tea party which is an event held in support of the Breast Cancer Network Australia.
 
M on the Point played host to the fundraiser which was a sell out for the second year running. The venue was perfect for an afternoon of style and BCNA Pink lady cut outs were dotted along the waterfront which not only looked stunning but created awareness to people for miles right along the marina.
 
 A high-spirited crowed arrived at the venue, wearing some spectacular fascinators to fit with the ‘mad hatters’ style tea party. The Mums of Mandurah (MOM inc) is a community group established to ‘connect, support, inform, inspire and empower’ and they hold events like this one to raise funds for benefits like the BCNA.
 
Upon entry we were offered to purchase a pink lady balloon which was an entry ticket to a raffle where some fantastic prizes were up for grabs. Both the raffle and the live auction raised funds for BCNA and the prizes were contributed by local business and artists. Some of the fabulous items included; a dress by George, a handcrafted fascinator by Cher Renea Milliner, a weekender at the Arrunda B&B in Yallingup, a Miglio Designer Jewelery piece and a framed Limited Edition Print by Emma Blyth.
 
With a room filled with pink balloons and the champagne flowing, the room had a celebratory vibe  which continued throughout the afternoon.
Guests were treated to delectable canapes and wines whilst enjoying a stunning fashion parade put on by Beez Neez Designer Boutique.
 
The speakers for the afternoon gave their own personal experiences of living with Breast Cancer and with inspirational stories, they reinforced to guests the importance of supporting such a worthwhile charity.
The Breast Cancer Network Australia is the leading national organisation to raise and grant funds for breast cancer research with the aim of achieving prevention and cure of breast cancer. They create awareness in our community and support and inform women and families about breast cancer.
Guests were invited to write a message of hope on a card which they could then hang from one of the pink lady figures dotted around the venue.
 
The event was a fantastic way to raise awareness for BCNA whilst putting on a fabulous afternoon of glamour and style!!
 
I was honoured to attend the 2012 MOM’s tea party and would recommend you to buy your tickets early for next year’s event! The tickets will again sell out as this party is proving to be a popular one!
Diary date –
PINK RIBBON GALA BALL 
Saturday 6 October at the PCEC
Supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Bookings www.momenumwf.com.au

styleaid wrap!

31 Jul

opulence is definitely the word when it came to Friday night’s STYLEAID parade!
Congratulations to event coordinators for pulling off a night to remember – the room looked spectacular, the guests were dressed fabulously and the whole evening exuded style.

I couldn’t wait to see all the designers on show but it was definitely worth the wait – and I loved every minute of it!

Here are some fave’s from the night;

STYLEAID’s Event Coordinator

9 Jul

Stephanie Patniotis is the Event Co-ordinator for STYLEAID 2012 and although she is dancing with a busy work schedule in the weeks leading up to the night, she was lovely enough to spare some time to share with all of us @ stylewa!

  1. What makes STYLEAID different from other charity fundraisers in Perth?
Definitely  the fashion aspect; STYLEAID is Perth’s largest fashion fundraiser. The event is renowned  for fostering WA fashion,  including hair, make up, models, and designers. It’s a very exciting part of the evening for all of us, and could not be done without the amazing work of Aly May our Creative Director, all the agencies and models who donate their time, as well as the teams from MAC and L’Oreal. The commitment to the event and the cause is truly remarkable

2. 15 designers to celebrate STYLEAID’s 15th year – how does the selection of designers come about?
We have such amazing talent here in WA, it’s so hard to select every year. It’s a team effort between our Creative Director, Aly May and the STYLEAID Committee. We invite designers to get involved each year to ensure we have some of the finest fashions walking our catwalk!

3. How has STYLEAID changed since it’s inaugural event? It continues to grow and evolve each year.
We have a different theme every year, which plays a major part in the event’s execution. From theming, to designers, to hosts, to sponsors, each year is extremely different from the previous!

4.  What is the most challenging part of co-ordinating WA’s most stylish ‘night-of-nights’?
Seating Plan!! There’s no doubt about that….

 5. A personal question for STYLEAID’s Event Coordinator………..which one Perth designer would you chose to define your own fashion style?
One? I don’t think I can do it in one. United Constructions, Aurelio Costarella, Morrison and Monster Alphabets would have to be some of my favourites – but each year, I fall in love with at least one item from each of our designers. This year is no different. I want to wear EVERYTHING that comes down that catwalk. What am I wearing this year? Well… no idea!!

Stephanie Patniotis
STYLEAID Event Coordinator
WA AIDS Council

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